Pictured (L-R): Back Row – Big Machine Records GM Jim Weatherson, BMLG EVP & BMLG Records President Jimmy Harnen, CRB Executive Director Bill Mayne, The Valory Music Co. GM George Briner, CRB Board President Kurt Johnson (Townsquare Media); Middle Row – Drake White, Tyler Rich, Trent Harmon, Brett Young; Front Row – Sugarland, BMLG President & CEO Scott Borchetta, Thomas Rhett
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Sugarland, Brett Young, Drake White, Trent Harmon & Tyler Rich Perform
Thomas Rhett Opened the Show with “Marry Me”
NASHVILLE, TN (February 7, 2018) – Offering a star-studded encore during the last day of Country Radio Seminar (CRS), Big Machine Label Group showcased Superstars and in-demand up-and-comers at the Omni Hotel in Nashville. The annual luncheon hosts Country radio and industry executives, who were treated to show-stopping performances earlier this afternoon (2/7) from SUGARLAND,THOMAS RHETT, BRETT YOUNG, DRAKE WHITE, TRENT HARMON and TYLER RICH.
BMLG President & CEO SCOTT BORCHETTA invited the room to preview new music and celebrate career milestones they helped create alongside imprint leaders JIMMY HARNEN (BMLG EVP & BMLG Records President), GEORGE BRINER (The Valory Music Co. GM) and JIM WEATHERSON (Big Machine Records GM).
ACM Awards Male Vocalist of the Year THOMAS RHETT surprised the room, opening the event with his emotive Top 10-and-surging “Marry Me.” The Valory Music Co. chart-topping singer/songwriter stretches his sound to new limits as his first two singles from LIFE CHANGES – PLATINUM-certified “Craving You” and GOLD “Unforgettable” – previously soared to No. 1. Thomas Rhett hits the road in April for his LIFE CHANGES TOUR 2018 and joins Kenny Chesney’s TRIP AROUND THE SUN TOUR this summer.
Named one of No Depression’s 7 Male Artists to Breakout in 2018, DRAKE WHITE has established himself as the ultimate showman and lives up to his label as “Country music’s most anticipated new artist” (Forbes). Drake delivered stomp-worthy, organic Country jams with new BMLG Records’ song “All Would Be Right With The World” and “Girl In Pieces” as well as his Top 15 debut “Livin’ the Dream.”
CMT Listen Up Artist TYLER RICH displayed his road warrior status while introducing his infectious energy to the industry crowd. The Northern California native has been in the studio working on new music since recently signing a record deal with The Valory Music Co. and publishing agreement with Big Machine Music. Tyler debuted new tracks “Adrenaline” and “The Difference,” which is available digitally on Friday (2/9) and officially impacts Country radio soon.
Rising Superstar BRETT YOUNG continues to take “country radio by storm” (Billboard), serving up honest lyrics over a West Coast-meets-Southern sound, aptly dubbed “Caliville” style. Brett serenaded the room with his three consecutive No. 1 hits on BMLG Records – PLATINUM-certified “Sleep Without You,” three-week chart-topper, GOLD-certified “Like I Loved You” and 3X PLATINUM “In Case You Didn’t Know,” which landed on The New York Times 54 Best Songs of 2017. His fan-favorite new single “Mercy” officially impacts Country radio February 20.
Earning national recognition as the reigning American Idol, TRENT HARMON demonstrated unparalleled vocals and impeccable lyricism throughout his set, launching into the stratospheric ballad “Her.” The humble entertainer shared challenging moments and immense songwriting over the last year before previewing his new single “You Got ‘Em All,” which received a standing ovation. He co-penned the Big Machine Records’ single that premiered on Variety earlier today and will be available digitally tomorrow (2/8).
GRAMMY®, CMA and ACM Award-winning duo SUGARLAND returned to the stage with a plethora of their greatest hits, including “Something More,” “All I Wanna Do,” “Stuck Like Glue” and “Baby Girl.” Presenting their first Big Machine Records’ single, Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush proved their intense vocals and buoyant live show is “Still The Same,” which also received a standing ovation. The pair will head to Europe next month for C2C: Country to Country Music Festival before embarking on their headlining STILL THE SAME 2018 TOUR, beginning May 4 in Durant, OK.